WorkChoices not cricket, says Melbourne lobby

Australians would not tolerate biased umpires on the cricket pitch but this is what workers will experience under WorkChoices, the Catholic lobby group PolMin said, ahead of today's nation-wide protest against the laws.

PolMin, a national non-profit organisation established by Catholic religious orders, is calling for all people of conscience to support the ACTU's "Rights at Work" rally at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today.

"Christianity teaches people that work is fundamental to preserving the family and promoting the dignity of human beings.

"A workplace that is fair and just is a common good, a value essential to the Australian identity and the Christian ethos," PolMin National Coordinator of PolMin, Tanja Kovac, said in a statement.

"Being a Christian means taking care of each other. The rally at the MCG coincides with the start of the festive season, a time traditionally for remembering the spirit of sharing and the common good.

"WorkChoices does not encourage employers to share prosperity with its employees. Instead it takes away security of employment and undermines the wellbeing of families," Ms Kovac said.

PolMin says the MCG is a perfect location to discuss workplace rights.

"The MCG is an iconic place of Australian sportsmanship. Australians would not tolerate a biased umpire on the cricket pitch, or the Australian cricket team being forced back into unpaid or amateur wages.

"Yet that is what is happening to ordinary Australians under WorkChoices," Ms Kovac said.

The ACTU is hoping to fill the MCG with unionists in a protest against the Government's Workchoice laws. The national union is also planning rallies in all Australian capital cities.

Workchoices just not cricket - people of conscience called to the MCG (PolMin, Media Release, 30/11/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Australian Political Ministry Network Limited (PolMin)
Rights at Work rallies
Australian Council of Trade Unions
Melbourne Cricket Ground

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30 Nov 2006